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How To Stop Panic Attacks
 
I was delighted to feature in the Daily Express for the first time where I gave my advice on panic attacks and how to deal with them.
 
 

After a successful Instagram live with Nicola the founder of Neom, I was invited to be on the panel as an expert for the Sleep with NEOM virtual festival which surrounded the topic of sleep. I really enjoyed doing it and I think Nicola and her team are fab

https://www.neomorganics.com/pages/sleep-with-neom-virtual-live

Trends: Lockdown easing has meant new challenges —here’s how to find some directionI was really happy to be featured in the Metro Newspaper again, this time talking about the concept of a “what if?” and the uncertainty many people may been experiencing in the current climate.

Trends: Lockdown easing has meant new challenges — here’s how to find some direction

This is a project I loved doing with Kora player John Haycock who is currently beingmentored through the Steve Reid Foundation.What if?Is a spoken word piece written byme to encapsulate what anxietycan be like for many people (including myself). Theanimation is done by Finn Black Design

 

‘Panic Attack’ Searches Reached All-Time High During PandemicA therapist explains how to know if you’ve experienced one–and what to do now.I was delighted to be asked to be the main feature for this article in the Huffington Post UK, where I spoke about panic and challenged some common beliefs associated with them.

Wellbeing: Feeling anxious about going outside now lockdown has eased? We ask the experts for advice on how to get you out the door…In this article I was asked to comment on agoraphobia in response to returning to some form of normality after lockdown.

https://www.metro.news/wellbeing-feeling-anxious-about-going-outside-now-lockdown-has-eased-we-ask-the-experts-for-advice-on-how-to-get-you-out-the-door/2069651/ 

I was honoured to be invited to host my own radio show on Wellbeing Radio. The show is a calming 30 minutes about how to manage anxiety, as well as featuring music from talented unsigned artists.

https://www.wellbeingradio.co.uk

Every Monday morning on the ‘Morning Mari* Breakfast Show’ you can hear me provide an advice clip on how to look after your mental health, particularly during the implemented lockdown.

https://worldwidefm.net

I really enjoyed filming some advice snippets for BBC Bitsize. I did a Q&A with questions sent in via social media. You can find a link to a short video “Looking after your mental health at home” here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdjyy9q

 

 

Speaker at the Inclusion & Inspiration Conference. This is a yearly event looking at working with teaching staff and trainee teachers across Greater Manchester. I am lucky enough to have been invited back next year!

https://manchesterpgcesecondary.co.uk/2019/10/21/uom-conference-17-january-2020/

I was invited to do several talks at Capita in Gloucestershire to discuss the role of anxiety in stress management. I really enjoyed working with staff at all levels of the company and was warmed to hear the productive changes that were being made.

The day I became a fully published author. Anxiety: Practical about Panic has been published by John Murray Press. To say I am delighted would be an understatement!

I really enjoyed doing a talk for the BBC Mental Health week at the Bristol Headquarters. The topic was on stress and how it contributes to anxiety. I had some really good feedback and I hope to return in some capacity in the future.

I visited Tileyard Studios in London for the second time to record Anxiety: Practical about Panic. What a lovely space and I was well looked after by Oscar the sound engineer and Ellie from John Murray Press.

I was delighted to be interviewed and featured in Healthy Magazine talking about anxiety and panic attacks and discussing what can be done. It is page 34 in the August edition.

Healthy Magazine can be found at health stores such as Holland & Barrett.

 

The BBC are a stone’s throw away from my counselling practice, so I was excited to be invited to their Wellbeing Season for their staff. For two days I had a stall set up and spoke to many of the staff about anxiety and mental health in general. I had some goof feedback about my books and my approach to talking about anxiety.

 

It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Julia Banim of UNILAD and featured in an article about Social Anxiety and what can be done about it. This was all part of Mental Health Awareness Week:

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“Psychotherapist and author of the best-selling book, Anxiety: Panicking about Panic, Joshua Fletcher MSc explained the effects of social anxiety to UNILAD.

Fletcher described ‘The Anxious Response’, saying:

It is an amalgamation of all the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as the racing heart, light-headedness, nausea and muscle tension – as well as the ‘What If?’ voice in your head, and the common feelings of fear and dread.

The Anxious Response, also known as Fight or Flight, is caused when the brain starts releasing chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline.

But The Anxious Response ‘shouldn’t be mistaken for an enemy’, he said, as it’s actually ‘trying to look after you’.

This message is particularly poignant on Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, during which the topic of discussion is stress, and how this innate human instinct for survival is constantly triggered as part of our toxic 21st century way of life.”

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Barb Nefer of WebPsychology wrote a glowing review of my first book, Anxiety: Panicking about Panic. To read it, click on the picture of my book below. 

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An Optimistic Approach

Anxiety: Panicking About Panic has a reassuring and optimistic tone. It explains panic attacks in objective terms to help demystify the terrifying experience of actually going through them. As Fletcher says, “If you ask anyone who has suffered from a panic attack, I assure you they’ll say it’s one of the worst feelings you can experience.”

The explanations are accompanied by ways to offset the panic. Overall it’s an easy and accessible read with plenty of information that readers can put into practice immediately.

Education to Stamp Out Stigma

In addition to offering help, Fletcher says he wanted the book to provide education about panic disorders. He explains, “I think [it] highlights the severe lack of education on the topic as a whole. Many of my clients and readers of my book have often complained that doctors have been too hasty to prescribe medication such as anti-depressants. On the surface, the book really isn’t that complex, yet its success highlights how far away the medical profession is to providing an adequate response to people who seek help for panic disorder.”

Not everyone can afford counselling, while some people just don’t have the time and others prefer not to see a therapist. Anxiety: Panicking about Panic gives such people a useful self-help option. Fletcher says he recommends his book for anyone with anxiety symptoms, including panic attacks, social anxiety, feelings of derealisation, agoraphobia, breathlessness, and heart palpitations.

Fletcher sees overall education as another important part of his mission. In addition to people with panic disorders, he says,” I would also recommend that the relatives of those with the condition should read the book, as well as health professionals, in order to broaden and strengthen their understanding of the condition. The book has been written from the perspective of someone who has been through it and come out on the other side with a story to tell. Perhaps if people did this, then the apathetic stigma, social taboo and the overall disregard for the condition can be abolished.”